[NAFEX] Orchard Bees Hardiness

Jim Notkey nottke1 at earthlink.net
Fri Apr 15 21:46:45 EDT 2005


Here in the piedmont of NC, my apples and pears are about 1/4 into bloom
and the Orchard Mason Bees are about 1/2 hatched out, so my suggestion is
to be patient.  Usually all my bees have emerged by April 17, but they are
a few days late this year.  While we have had days in the 70s, it will get
down to 34 here tonight.


> [Original Message]
> From: Del Stubbs <northernlights2n at yahoo.com>
> To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 4/15/2005 9:09:13 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] Orchard Bees Hardiness
> Last fall a generous Nafexer sent me a packet of Orchard Bees in their
drinking straw
> homes. I kept them overwinter in an enclosed shed. I would guess the
bottom temp. in it
> was minus 35 or so. I now have them out in the orchard (in a horzontal 5
gallon bucket,
> with hardware cloth) and have not seen any of the little mud caps broken
yet. It has been
> an unusually warm april, often in the 60's. What is their bottom temp
hardiness?  Other
> ideas? Any chance they are still alive?
> Del, N. MN Z 3 Juneberries ready to bloom and Trailman crab is green tip.
> Del Stubbs  http://www.pinewoodforge.com   zone 3   N. MN
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